8/17/11 - 8/25/11 I live in SF but had to get a temporary hotel stay because of roommate issues. I chose this place because the weekly price seemed reasonable ($225 with private bath). As any resident or tourist will tell you a 2 week stay in SF at a "regular" hotel i.e Marriot, Holiday Inn could run you near $1000. So I thought this place was a relative deal.
My circumstances didn't allow me much time to shop around for accomodations. I saw the ad on CL and called and was informed a room h
ad been vacated the same morning. I stopped by to look over the room but Marc (manager/ part co-owner) claimed room was being cleaned as we spoke but I could have it if I went ahead and paid for the room. I was desperate so I went ahead and secured the room, sight unseen.
My room number was 203-A. The room had the "lived-in" appearance. Although management claimed the room was recently vacated and had been cleaned hours prior to my arrival, I still noticed trash under the bed and food particles enbedded in the carpet. I also found roach "hotels" placed on door and window sills, behind the toilet and underneath the bed.
The bed mattresses themselves were exposed minus one thin worn-out bed sheet and a pillowcase stuffed with two disgustingly brown stained pillows. Needless, I went ahead and washed the sheets along with laundry I had that evening, and I went to bed much like I would at any other time/place.
The first night went uneventful. However, the second morning, I woke up withnoticable circular, reddish (and itchy) marks around both of my ankles. I have never been bitten by bedbugs previously and thought maybe these were spider bites. Quick online reseach of the bite markes and patterns indicated I was visited by bedbugs. The website (Mayoclinic.com) calmed my fears when it said that bedbugs have not been known to transmit diseases to humans and the only noticable clinical issues are the accompany rash marks and itchiness.
I informed hotel management of the issue and he calmingly agreed that it was/is a common issue in all of the rooms. He offered me some portable bug spray and that was the extent of their concern. And because the bites were not clinically contagious and I had limited funds, I took the spray and hoped for the best.
Hoping for the best didn't work. Over my 2 week stay, I've been bitten under my chin, around the neck and around the hands. And although "begbug bites don't transmit diseases" according to medical professionals, the quality of life lost by stressing over sleeping at night and the enbarrassing rash marks you have to explain to friends, classmates, etc, the $225 a week I spent at the hotel was not worth the percieved financial savings.
And the sad thing was I never saw a single bug. And I was upset as hell management didn't inform tenants and guest of the issue. Profit over health! So unless your only housing options are jail or the streets, aviod this place!!!
I'll even be happy to send camera phone pics of my rashes as I've used them to document in my journal.